Two architects of cultural connection in Jerusalem – one Israeli, one Palestinian – strive to keep city residents connected in wake of recent attacks.
Haviva Ner-David was just starting to promote her debut novel, about the intersecting lives of two Israeli women — one Jewish, one Palestinian — when last month’s military escalation with Gaza erupted, accompanied by the worst internecine fighting between Jewish and Arab citizens in recent memory.
The Rana Choir sings a range of songs from lullabies to feminist tunes, but one song has become their anthem.
Rasha Ghaith is building bridges between Arabs and Jews at Hadassah Hospital.
Mohammad Darawshe and Yossi Klein Halevi are partnering up to create a more inclusive society.
In response to organized crime and violence, a group called Safe Communities is helping promote equality among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens.
This article is adapted from The Branch, a monthly podcast exploring individual relationships between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. The Branch is produced by Hadassah and created by Dina Kraft, a journalist based in Tel Aviv. Sign up here to listen to episodes and be notified when new episodes are published.
“Everyone forgets that in the past she was a a terrorist. Instead they portray her as if she has a halo around her,” he said of Khaled.
For Yael, a 58-year-old tour guide from Jerusalem, these drives and this connection are part of her volunteer work for Humans without Borders.
EcoPeace Middle East is the only organization of its kind in the region. It’s led and staffed by Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians.